It’s true that ‘One Tree Hill’ had had some terrible moments, but there were times when it got way too real. Here are five times the favourite teen drama gave us a reality check.
Most of us 90s kids have spent our teen years watching the lives of the ‘One Tree Hill’ characters unfold. Relatable and likable characters tiptoeing around life covered in OTT drama, romance, and friendship! ‘One Tree Hill‘ has seen some questionable moments, but all the rest of the while, it has taken us on an emotional ride. Here are five times life got real on ‘One Tree Hill’.
- The end of an era
- The pieces don’t always fall into place
- The unexpected turns
- The death of Dan Scott
- Losing Quentin Fields
The end of an era
Leaving behind your high school is always bittersweet. As the curtains dropped on ‘One Tree Hill’ Season 4, our favourite Tree Hill High buddies were ready to move on to the next phase of their lives. Although more drama was guaranteed for the next seasons, the season 4 finale captures one of the most precious moments as the characters and the viewers gear up to say goodbye to the familiar ‘One Tree Hill’ setting. The characters graduate high school with dreams and hopes in their hearts, uncertain of what’s coming next.
Two weeks after Haley and Nathan have their baby, the characters have their graduation party. The girls groove on “Wannabe” by Spice Girls playing in the background. They paint their names on the basketball court promising to return at the spot in the next four years. Retracing moments from the pilot, the Scott brothers engage in yet another basketball game as everyone else cheers them on. The gang standing together for one last time on the river court felt as real and final as our graduation days.
The pieces don’t always fall into place
‘One Tree Hill’ Season 4 ended with our favourite characters taking their first step into the future, and season 5 began 4 years into the future. The first episode of the fifth season begins with the season 4 final shot of the gang standing on the river court and then switches over to Lucas standing at the same spot alone. Four years have gone by and a lot has changed. Not all their dreams, hopes, and plans have worked out. We learn that Peyton and Lucas have broken up, Brooke is successful in her field but has not found happiness.
Haley and Nathan have seen more tough times than their fair share. We see Nathan turned into a desperate angry drunk in a wheelchair, and Haley trying hard to keep their lives from falling apart. In an explanation for Nathan’s condition, we are told that he suffered a severe injury after being thrown out the window in a bar fight. Life never pans out as planned and ‘One Tree Hill’ made it a point to keep it real.
The unexpected turns
Some of the most unexpected moments on ‘One Tree Hill’ transpired in episode 9 of season 4. Just like life’s blows are uncertain and you never see them coming when you are happy, Nathan, Haley, Lucas, and Peyton’s lives hand them a few lemons right after their happy moments. The Ravens win the State Championship and Lucas admits that Peyton is the one for him, it’s been that way always. Haley informs Nathan that they’d be having a son. It’s a moment of joy until everything changes in a few moments. Pregnant Haley is hit in a hit and run that was actually intended for Nathan. Lucas who has been neglecting his heart meds for a while goes into cardiac arrest while trying to explain the accident to the paramedics.
The death of Dan Scott
Dan Scott isn’t the one to be mourned over, but his final moments get extremely real on ‘One Tree Hill’. Episode 11 of season 9 comes across as one of the most emotional ones involving mostly the death of Dan Scott. Dan has been a part of many terrible deeds in the course of nine years, but in his final moments, we see him struggling to rescue his son Nathan. Dan gets shot trying to save Nathan, and his last moments with Nathan, Haley, and Jamie is heart-crushing. Feeling sorry for Dan might be a long shot, but at that moment we feel sorry for the ones who have always loved and lost him.
Losing Quentin Fields
Losing someone close – we have all been there. Perhaps, that’s exactly why we could relate to the tragic and untimely death of Quentin Fields. Episode 3 of season 6 shocks us when Lucas received the news of Q’s death on getting shot. Q’s death becomes one of the most real moments on ‘One Tree Hill’ as everyone tries their best way of coping with it. The viewers almost choked when little Jamie had to be told the sorry news. The scene with Brooke and Jamie standing before the coffin as Jamie places the cape he had made for Q on the coffin broke our hearts. Tragedies, death, and loss are a part of our lives and ‘One Tree Hill’ just shoots that at us, point-blank!
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